The goal of the AMARD &V program is to provide high-risk youth, ages 10-17 with ways to address cultural differences and misconceptions, utilizing exposure to art as an alternative to violence including bullying and a way to increase self-esteem, community connectedness, hope for the future and teamwork. RWJ has provided this summer camp in New Brunswick, NJ since 1993. Through this program, counselors that specialize in domestic abuse, gang awareness, conflict resolution and substance abuse prevention guide students through social-emotional and health awareness exercises and discussions that encourage students to reflect on social attitudes such as racial and ethnically-based stereotypes, and negatively-patterned behavior including peer pressure and bullying. This is strictly a summer program.
This video tells you more about the program and the impact it has made on this community:
We also want to thank the Verizon Foundation for supporting the AMARD&V: Expansion program which allows us create Teen Dating Violence Ambassadors in the community.